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20 May 2020

Annual public library loans figures reveal the UK's most borrowed e-books for the first time

The latest annual data released today shows the most borrowed authors and books in UK public libraries during 2018-19 and includes e-books (click here to read more)

What’s happening in your local library? – Fascinating regional variations in borrowing data... (click here to read more)

Further information on the nation’s book borrowing tastes such as the most borrowed authors and titles Media Centre area of the PLR website.

Due to on-going development work on the PLR system, these 2018-19 releases had been deferred from the usual February publication date. The later publication of these releases has had no impact on the calculation and distribution of payments for these PLR loans which were made in February 2020

29th April 2020

Registration reminder for PLR year 2019/20


To ensure your titles are included in the year end calculations for PLR year 2019/20, please ensure that they are submitted by midnight on Tuesday 30 June 2020. Registrations can be submitted onlinevia the PLR application.  


If you don’t already have an online account, you can upgrade by simply visiting the PLR website, choose whether you are already registered for UK or Irish PLR Scheme and then follow the simple instructions. Once registered online you can benefit from managing your own account; including amending your personal details and viewing and registering your titles. 


Please contact PLR if you have any queries. 

27 February 2020

UK PLR payments have been made

UK PLR statements were released in January 2020 and payments have now been made, with approximately 22,000 benefiting. Please allow 3 working days for payments to reach UK bank accounts and a little longer for Overseas payments.


Here are a few of the responses from authors on Twitter since payments were made:

@Anna_Mazz Feb 25

I love you, PLR people. Thank you


@carollovekin Feb 25

Yay! My first year in receipt of a reasonably tidy sum. Thank you for your work on our behalf!


@RachelAmphlett Feb 26

Thanks to all readers who supported their #library and borrowed my books this past year in ebook, print and audio! #amreading


@EllyGriffiths Feb 26

A great day for writers! Thank you @PLR_UK and thanks to anyone who has ever taken a

book out of a library


@stephanieburgis Feb 26

Wooot! Happy news for UK authors:


@cathhanley Feb 26

Hooray– as always – for PLR! For those who don’t know, Public Lending Right collects data

from libraries and offers payment to authors for each time one of their books is borrowed.

Support your local libraries, people: You read for free and authors get paid.


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10 January 2020

UK PLR statements are ready to view!

Online statements - An email will be sent to those who have an activated online account to advise that their statement is available. Users may then log into their secure online account to view/print their statement.

Paper statements - have been posted second class to those who do not have an online account. Please note that you will only receive a statement if you are due to receive a payment (ie if your books earn £1 or more). This is to reduce administration and postage costs - online statements will still be available regardless of the amount earned.

Payments will be made between 24 and 28 February. Please ensure that your bank details are up to date and advise us of any change by 31 January 2020 to prevent delay in receiving your payment.

You can update your address and bank details in writing or via the online service. We can also accept changes of address (but not bank details) over the telephone, subject to verification being provided.

Please note that we are unable to accept changes to either address or bank details via email.

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